Assumption is excited to bring you a quarantine-friendly VBS called BOLT. With minimal preparation, easy-to-follow instructions, and a video that leads you and your kids step-by-step through each of the 3 days, BOLT is designed for you to experience at home whenever it works for your family’s busy summer calendar. It’s so simple!

During BOLT, your family will participate in fun games that illustrate what it means to listen to, focus on, and follow Jesus. Depending on your pace, you can expect that each day’s experience will last about an hour and a half. It’s great for kids 5 and up. Even middle and high school kids can enjoy it!

We encourage you to read the Parent and Leader Guide ahead of time. The guide will answer so many of your questions and give you simple step-by-step directions for using BOLT. There are a few materials you’ll want to gather beforehand, but when BOLT begins, the videos will tell you what to do and when to do it. It really is easy!

Lastly, we would love you to take lots of pictures of your family enjoying BOLT and share them with us anytime over the next few months. In the meantime, let me know how we can help you make this VBS a meaningful summer experience. Let’s BOLT!!

BOLT Family Portal password (LETSBOLT)

  • Includes Video for each of the three days:
  • Game Instructions,
  • Coloring Page, and
  • Origami Directions

Day 1: Parable of the Sower and the Seed​ (Luke 8:4-15)

  • Big Idea: I can listen to Jesus
  • Memory Verse: Psalm 119:105 - "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path."

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Parable of the Sower and the Seed​ (Luke 8:4-15)

"4* When a large crowd gathered, with people from one town after another journeying to him, he spoke in a parable.

*5“A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path and was trampled, and the birds of the sky ate it up.

6 Some seed fell on rocky ground, and when it grew, it withered for lack of moisture.

7 Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it.

8 And some seed fell on good soil, and when it grew, it produced fruit a hundredfold.” After saying this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.”d

The Purpose of the Parables.e

9 Then his disciples asked him what the meaning of this parable might be.

10 He answered, “Knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of God has been granted to you; but to the rest, they are made known through parables so that ‘they may look but not see, and hear but not understand.’f

The Parable of the Sower Explained.*

11g “This is the meaning of the parable. The seed is the word of God.h

12 Those on the path are the ones who have heard, but the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts that they may not believe and be saved.

13 Those on rocky ground are the ones who, when they hear, receive the word with joy, but they have no root; they believe only for a time and fall away in time of trial.

14 As for the seed that fell among thorns, they are the ones who have heard, but as they go along, they are choked by the anxieties and riches and pleasures of life, and they fail to produce mature fruit.

15 But as for the seed that fell on rich soil, they are the ones who, when they have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance." USCCB

Day 2: Jesus Walks on Water (Matthew 14:22-36)

  • Big Idea: I can focus on Jesus
  • Memory Verse: Proverbs 3:5 - "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely;"

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The Walking on the Water.*

" 22h Then he made the disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.

23i After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening he was there alone.

24 Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it.

25 During the fourth watch of the night,* he came toward them, walking on the sea.

26 When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. “It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear.

27 At once [Jesus] spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I;* do not be afraid.”

28 Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”

29 He said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.

30j But when he saw how [strong] the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith,* why did you doubt?”

32 After they got into the boat, the wind died down.

33* k Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying, “Truly, you are the Son of God.”

The Healings at Gennesaret.

34l After making the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret.

35 When the men of that place recognized him, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought to him all those who were sick

36m and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak, and as many as touched it were healed." USCCB

Day 3: Jesus Chooses His Disciples (Luke 5:1-11, 27-32)

  • Big Idea: I can follow Jesus
  • Memory Verse: Romans 8:39 "nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."

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The Call of Simon the Fisherman.*

" a1b While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret.

2 He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets.

3 Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.

4c After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.”

5 Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.”

6 When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing.

7 They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them. They came and filled both boats so that they were in danger of sinking.

8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”

9 For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him,

10 and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners of Simon. Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”

d11 When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything* and followed him.e

The Call of Levi.m

27 After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.”

28 And leaving everything behind,* he got up and followed him.

29n Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were at table with them.

30 The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

31 Jesus said to them in reply, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

32 I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” USCCB

“You shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. And you shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:37-39)